Tuesday
Oct162012

Luxury family living

Once again South African design firms SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and ANTONI ASSOCIATES have shared another of their projects. Luxury family living. I'll let them explain ...

The brief was to create a home for an extended Johannesburg family. Situated in Houghton on a gentle slope, the site is surrounded by trees and has views from the upper levels.

The site was split into two separate sites organised around a common entrance and driveway providing access to both houses. The houses have a U-shaped configuration organised around an internal courtyard and allows access to all of the living spaces and the swimming pool.

A perforated wall separates the public forecourt from the private spaces. Internally the spaces pivot around a central volume with a ribbon like spiral stair. The living spaces, kitchen and private garden are to the north, while the games room, pool and gym are to the west. All of these spaces connect to the courtyard which in turn connects back to the main house and its living spaces.

Because of the west facing facade, a set of large shutters, which drop below the level of the first floor slab, provide shade and protection from the setting sun. Care was also taken in selecting performance-glass that would minimise the impact of direct sun. The bedrooms and study are on the upper level. The passage to the children's bedroom runs along the perforated wall that separates the building from the driveway.

ANTONI ASSOCIATES were appointed to create a contemporary interior which needed to reflect their family lifestyle. The decor and furniture selected are modern and have strong lines to complement the linear architecture. A number of bespoke furniture pieces were designed by OKHA Interiors. Neutral palettes with accent colours have been used throughout. Strong graphic rugs add drama and texture to the rooms which offset against the solid architectural surfaces. Curated art by South African artists amongst others Lyndi Sales and Philip Barlow have been placed throughout the house.

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Monday
Oct152012

Seductive Interiors

Interior designer Sera Hersham-Loftus is the queen of romantic, seductive interiors. We love her work so much we've blogged her work several times over the years (here, here, here and here). I was so excited when her goddaughter emailed us with the news that Sera has come out with a book! It's aptly names Seductive Interiors (CICO Books) and it looks fabulous! From the press release: Seductive Interiors displays homes which Sera has decorated as well as those that have simply ‘seduced’ her – each epitomizing the spirit of Sera – which could be described as ‘a heady mix of romanticism, passion, and playfulness.’  Sera likes to live in a loose, informal style that is reflected in her interiors.  Most of her furnishings come from antique markets or vintage shops. Her look is essentially ‘a concoction of enchanting soft lighting, charming antique and bohemian furnishings, oriental bric-a-brac, and more than a teaspoon of The Blues and Rock-‘n’-Roll.’ Essentially, it's HOT STUFF. (Love the photography by Gisela Torres). I need a copy. Find it @ Amazon, Indigo and check out this Sunday Times story about it. 


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Monday
Oct152012

Monday's pets on furniture and a plea for help

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

*** Please check out my story after the jump. It's a plea for help on behalf of an organization trying to do their part to provide sick and elderly cats a home.

This is our baby Glico, she is a three month old Dalmatian sitting on one of our Calligaris 'Basil' chair.
- Natsuki (Brisbane, Australia)

Anthropologie's Cotswold Sofa, Clifford & Winston approved.
- Courtney

My Miniature Boston Terrier Rufus spends his days luxuriating on my bed, watching the boats go down the Hudson River from our NYC apartment. 
- Kiel

Sweet Pea the cat on an antique cow horn chair in Glen Arbor, MI.
- Sara

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Monday
Oct152012

The artist's beach shack

Artist David Bromley's Byron Bay lair no less. Art and soul, living large and outrageously. A series of charcoal coloured cottages and sheds complete with outdoor baths, airstream and rusty truck. And you can buy it. It's a "steal" at just over $1.5 million AUD. He will be taking his impressive art collection when he goes ... except for those daubs on the walls. Imagine having David Bromley originals on your walls ... literally on your walls. Fun, quirky and not to everyone's taste it screams art as a way of life, not a trapping of success. I have been real estate stalking in Byron Bay, New South Wales as part of a week that will be heavy on beach shack beauties. Link here while it lasts.

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Monday
Oct152012

Oasis

Oasis (plural: oases) - an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source. Oasis - a retreat from the desert of the city, a place to relax, unwind, take a deep breath and live. Oases (singular: oasis) - these inspiring inner city courtyards and gardens by Sydney based landscape designers Good Manors.

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